On Thursday March 07, I gave a gallery talk at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. Alongside curator Arif Kahn, and Marshall faculty collaborators Peter Massing and Hayson Harrison, I spoke about my current body of work and answered questions from the audience. It was a terrific night, I can’t thank Arif and the Clay Center enough for all their support in conjunction with this exhibition.
The second half of my BIG XII Fellowship was carried out last week. The first half consisted of a two day visit from University of Kansas printmaking professor Michael Krueger. On Feb 24-25, it was my turn to visit the University of Kansas. Michael, Yoonmi Nam, Shawn Bitters and all the graduate and undergraduate students were great hosts! During my visit, I got to see the wonderful facilities, have critiques with the grads, give a mini-comics workshop, and give a lecture about my work. The entire visit was such a blast, and everyone was really engaged, those two days could not have gone better. Thank you so much to everyone at the U of Kansas Department of Visual Arts for being such wonderful hosts.
Much of the work I have produced over the last few years will be shown at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston. “Gallery Divided II” features work from both WVU and Marshall faculty. Jason Lee, Shoji Satake, and myself are representing WVU, while Jonathan Cox, Peter Massing, and Frederick Bartolovic are representing Marshall University.
The show opens Feb. 15 with a public reception on Feb. 22 at 7pm. I will be giving a talk on Thursday March 06 at 6pm.
I recently completed my first book. The book is a visual deconstruction of each page of the original Iron Man comic. All imagery is removed, and only the dominant background color(s) remain. In order to achieve this effect, I only use the color scanned from the original pages. I had to digitally cut and paste small parts of the original halftones in order to create seamless color. The book is 6″x4″, the pages are digitally printed on newsprint to give the book a realistic comic feel.
Through this book, I am hoping to talk about the color design and framing decisions comic book artists make regarding the layout of the page, and how that relates to story telling in comics. I also enjoy the idea that I can make imagery taken from comics become almost non-representational, something comics are never intended to be.
“IRON MAN Vol. 01 Issue 178″ (FRONT COVER)
Digital print on newsprint, double staple book
I recently completed two new silkscreens for a few upcoming exhibition opportunities. Both prints are silkscreens, and are alphabetical lists of all the words used in the comic book IRON MAN issue 178. This continues my new interest of finding ways to reorganize the information presented in the original book.
“IRON MAN Volume: 01 Issue: 178 Pages: 1-11″
(All the words alphabetized)
Recent work of mine will be on display in an exhibition titled “POP EXPLOSION: the artist and popular culture” at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
The show will run from January 18 – March 29, 2014. The opening will be on January 18, from 7-9pm.
On January 12, 2014 the group exhibition for Future Tenant “SHAME OF THE CITY: Deconstructing and reconstructing comic book narratives” closed. This exhibition featured 23 artists from all over the country (and Canada). Every artist was assigned a page from the “Iron Man” comic I have been working with and was asked to make new work inspired by the original artwork.